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Hysterectomy - what to buy for the hospital

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Hysterectomy - what to buy for the hospital


Firstly I want to thank you all. I have read so many posts and it's made me feel so much better.

Having had recurring CIN 3 even though Lletz treament was successful with clear margins, as was a cone biopsy, I am now having a total hysterectomy (keeping my ovaries) on the 8th Feb. I have completed my family (blessed with 2 kids) and the doctor thinks I may have multi-focal cells, so best to perfrom the surgey.

I have come to terms with it but just wondered if anybody can help me with getting myself ready for what i will needat the hosptial. I know I need big pants but how big (1 size up)? Will I need support pants? I will get a nightie instead of PJs. 

Also, as I'm working from home, do you think the recovery will be ok and I'll be able to go back to work in a week?

Thank you all so much for your help and support. 

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I had a robot assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy preceded by a pelvic lymphadenectomy 9 days earlier. 

I needed size 14 pants (usually size 10).  Not sure about going back to work after only a week, even if you're at home and especially if you are having open surgery.  It's not just physical healing you need to get through but also  emotional and psychological.  A hysterectomy is a major op and if there's ever a time to look after number 1 it's now.  We're all a bit different in how we recover all else being equal,  but sometimes all else isn't equal - you'll need to see how things go.  It's good to have a can do attitutude but don't put undue pressure on yourself - you've not had a hysterectomy before - be kind to yourself - a bit of TLC will pay dividends in the long run.


  • Feb 04:  (age 47y) Smear test normal
  • Stopped going for smears!
  • Summer 16: persistent watery yellow vaginal discharge
  • Dec 16: PMB
  • Jan 17: Hysteroscopy under GA for ?fibroids - abnormal cervix observed -multiple biopsies taken, 1B1 (1B2 on new FIGO) squamous cell cc diagnosed - confirmed by MRI/PET scans
  • Feb 17: pelvic lymphadenectomy - nodes negative, Da Vinci radical hysterectomy- close anterior margin/LVSI/PNI, restaged to 2A1 (2A1 on new FIGO)
  • Apr/May 17: 6 chemo, 25 external radio, 2 brachy
  • May 20:  NED.  Side effects notably hypotonic bladder since hysterectomy - ongoing ISC, unilateral lymphoedema lower abdo/groin/leg/ankle/foot

Thank you so much, appreciate it. I guess I just want everything to go back to normal swiftly and for me and the kids. I will need to re-think my return to work. Thannk you for your response, really helps me.


How are you doing? I had my hysterectomy on 30 Dec. I found a facebook group - Hysterectomy Sisters UK - really useful group. I hope you're resting as much as you can! I've been rather shocked how little effort is too much! 

High grade CIN and CGIN, endocervical adenocarcinoma grade 2 stage 1.

Abdominal hysterectomy BSO 30 Dec 2020.

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